Monday, December 31, 2018

Three Waterlilies

My last painting for the year 2018!!
It was a year full of learning experiences and less number of paintings as compared to prior years. But I had fun learning to sketch and sculpting that I tried for the very first time.
My goal for the year 2019 is to consistently populate my online Etsy shop with new paintings - both in Watercolor and Oil.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !!

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Three Waterlilies, 6 x 6 inches, Watercolor on Arches Paper

Code# PK_18_007
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dog Portrait - Biscuit - SOLD

It was such a delight to paint this commission painting!! It is a different subject for me and I decided to do in Watercolor. I was sent a picture of this cute dog standing in grass. I have done the grass and florals quite a bit. Doing a "white" dog felt like a challenge first. But as the painting progressed I realized I was having fun to create the fur effects on this dog!!
The owner will be gifting this painting to his daughter as a Christmas Gift. What a great idea, I am sure she will cherish this painting for long time to come!!
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Dog Portrait - Biscuit, 8x10 inches, Watercolor on 140lb Coldpress Arches Paper 

Code# PK_18_006
SOLD

More paintings are available on my Etsy website - www.etsy.com/shop/preranap
To Order a custom painting, reach out to me @ preranap@hotmail.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fall is in the Air

The inspiration for this painting is beautiful fall colors and the leaves illuminated by sun shining on it!! It is quite a big painting and for me the challenge was to control water on such a big area of each leaf. For every painting I try to experiment with the background. At first I was going to use Alcohol drops to create this kind of texture. But I did not use Alcohol, instead I experimented with water itself.
So first I wet all of the background. Then I put in strong different colors in a circular motion. When I did this I could see a magical effect of the water and color mingling into each other. The paper has to be very wet though for color to do its magic. When the paper slightly dried, I took just plain water in my brush and added drops randomly all over the paper. The place where the water was dropped became white and the color spread to the sides following the circumference of the water drop. This way I did 2-3 layers n my background. I was afraid whether using so many colors would work or not, but I like the colorful texture.
Now feeling accomplished!!
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Fall is in the Air - 22x30 inches, Watercolor on 300lbs coldpress Arches paper

Code# PK_18_005
Available - contact me @ preranap@hotmail.com

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ganesha Sculpture

This year I did check one more of my long time bucket list item and I am so very happy!! I always wanted to make my own eco friendly Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi and then be able to do visarjan. I feel so accomplished that I was able to do it this year. Now every year I would like to continue this newly set goal for myself and hope to get better in this craft!
The most challenging for me was the head, which I was not quite satisfied with in the finished piece. Also for painting, I used washable tempera paints, so that they could dissolve toxin free in water during visarjan. I realized, that the pigment in these paints is not quite strong and I had to paint over and over to get the desired effect. Specially the Green... on the shawl, so so hard to get that..
The best color was blue base, and the red color was really good as well. But in my new experiment next year, I will use fluorescent tempera paints and that way I think I will be able to get brighter colors.
See my results of this year's experiment below and the final installation.
Ganesha Sculpture using Air Dry Clay, about 9.5 in tall and 8 in wide
I posted the video of closeups on my FB page, see it: Click Here to see close up Video of Ganesha

I let is dry for 2 weeks and then painted it as below:
Ganesha Sculpture using Air Dry Clay, about 9.5 in tall and 8 in wide
This fit perfectly in our setup !!



Head Drawing Practice

In Summer - July and August, I joined a Beginning Head Drawing Class with Art Mentors in Huntington Beach, taught by Charles Hu.
Below are some images of my sketch practice during the class.





Blue Iris

Wanted to paint in blue for a longest time. Did this painting back in May and did not upload it. Now catching up with posts on my blog, posting stuff that I missed earlier this year!!

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Blue Iris, 6x6 inches, Watercolor on 140lbs coldpress Arches Paper

Code# PK_18_004
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wake up in Paradise

This is painted from a photograph, I wish I can visit this island in Hawaii and paint plein-air.
I think this is Mokulua Island off the Lanikai beach in Kailua, Hawaii. The sunrise is fabulous and I love the sky.
This painting is not for sale.

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Wake Up in Paradise, 16x20 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel, palette knife painting

Code# PK_18_003
Personal Collection, Not for Sale

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